Sandy LeonVest

Sandy LeonVest is a radio and print journalist and the editor of SolarTimes (www.solartimes.org), a publication that looks at energy from a progressive and humanitarian perspective. SolarTimes is distributed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Sandy is the host of “Political Analysis,” a weekly program aired on the Progressive Radio Network every Tuesday at 6pm EST/3pm PST.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Wall Street Be Damned: We're the Economy We’ve Been Waiting For
Bill Moyers observed recently that poor people haven’t “lost their voice.” Rather, he said, “They can’t afford a voice.”
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Monday, October 24, 2011
The Magnetic Force of the Moment -- Perils and Potential on the Road to Transformation
For all the head-scratching and hand-wringing in the corporate media over the “message” -- or lack of one -- as it turns out, the American people understand exactly what the Occupy Wall Street movement is talking about.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011
How the Corporate Media Learned to Love the OWS Protests
Americans may not be quick-studies in the art of revolution, and yes, it did seem to take forever for unemployed and underemployed US workers, college students and white collar “professionals” to “get” that US jobs lost weren’t coming back – at least not in this corporate-owned lifetime -- or that the “American Dream,” as we once understood it was effectively dead, but once we “got it,” we really did get it.
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Thursday, August 25, 2011
The End of the Nuclear Era? Not So Fast …
The August 23, 2011 (5.9 magnitude) earthquake on the east coast prompted no less than 10 nuclear plants in four states to declare “unusual events,” according to the NRC.
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Friday, January 28, 2011
Dire Predictions, Conspicuous Omissions and Our Perilous Energy Future
Only days before President Obama delivered this year's State of the Union speech, a startlingly grim little piece appeared in IPS. The article, which highlighted a newly released assessment of global climate change by the International Energy Agency (IEA), was as definitive as it was dramatic.
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Saturday, September 04, 2010
A Nuclear 'Renaissance' Will Burn Us All
On September 2nd, the online energy investment publication ‘Energy and Capital’ ran a pithy little piece in its ‘e-Newsletter’ sporting this intriguing intro: “We're on the cusp of a nuclear energy revolution. And the chance to reap easy profits from the sector couldn't be easier. The industry is ripe for safety, cost, fuel, and waste innovations. And the companies that fill those gaps could make billions - or trillions – of dollars. That's why Bill Gates is privately funding a nuclear reactor start-up …”
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Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Billions for Acquisitions, Nothing for US Workers
When PBS’ corporate-friendly Nightly Business Report (NBR) airs a story at the top of its newscast about a major blockage in the corporate ‘trickle-down’ pipe, you know the jig is up. On August 30th, NBR did just that. In her setup to this fascinating little segment, NBR host Susie Gharib opened with the words: “Well, American companies are sitting on a pile of cash. But they're not using it for hiring. They are using the money for deal-making.”
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Green Activists Need Allies in Anti-War Movement
The most recent tally of the cost of war by the non-profit National Priorities Project (NPP) puts total military-related expenditures (through September, 2010) at a mind-numbing $1.09 trillion. That's ‘Trillion'- with a ‘T' -- $749.9 billion for Iraq and $337.8 billion for Afghanistan since 2001.
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Friday, July 09, 2010
Drill or Die
On July 8, the Obama administration lost its court appeal to stay an order issued last month by District Judge Martin Feldman lifting the administration’s six-month moratorium on offshore deepwater drilling. The appeal was heard in the Fifth US Circuit Court. But a funny thing happened only hours before the Fifth US Circuit Court issued its decision against the Obama administration.
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Friday, February 26, 2010
Consumers Are Sleeping With the Enemy – and Paying for It
"Those who manipulate the unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested largely by men we have never heard of… In almost every act of our lives whether in the sphere of politics or business in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind."
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